Intertheory Relations in Physics

[Revised entry by Robert Batterman on July 18, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many issues in the philosophy of science concern the nature of theories and certain relations that may
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[Revised entry by Robert Batterman on July 18, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many issues in the philosophy of science concern the nature of theories and certain relations that may obtain between them. Typically, one is interested in the degree to which a successor to a given theory "goes beyond" (both descriptively and explanatorily) the theory it succeeds. Most often these issues are framed in the context of reductive relations between theories. When does a theory (T') reduce to a theory (T)? How is one to understand the nature of this...

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